A TTCF grant of $5,000 arrived just in time to purchase new paddle boards for the start of the season, for junior members of the St Clair Junior Surf Lifesaving Club aged 7-14 years to begin training in earnest. The kids were super excited to unpack the boards and head into the surf. Secretary Mary Andrew says the Club has grown significantly over the past five years to over 140 junior members. “They have an impressive record competing at regional and national level and this grant will help educate, train and foster the skills needed to be the lifesavers of our future.”
Integral to their training at the Dojo in Island Bay is ‘bokken and jo’, wooden equipment funded by a TTCF grant. Shodokan Aikido is a soft form martial art, excellent for self defense, improving fitness and self-esteem. Run entirely by volunteers, the organisation offers young people aged 9 to 12 years who may be under confident, facing bullying, or needing to develop discipline and resilience, the opportunity to train in martial arts free of charge.
TTCF’s first multi-year grant involved a total sum of $3 million for the redevelopment of West Auckland’s Lopdell Precinct, including the restoration of the iconic Lopdell House in Titirangi and the construction of a new adjacent art gallery. The new regional gallery has been built to nationally accepted museum and art gallery standards, providing twice the present exhibition space, new teaching areas, delivery workshop, preparation and storage spaces, and new electrical and air-conditioning services. Other significant funders of this $20 million major project were Auckland Council, the Lottery Grants Board and Foundation North.
A grant of $500,000 has paved the way for the completion of stages two and three of the redevelopment project to double the size of Totara Hospice, which provides ‘free of charge’ specialist medical and nursing palliative care to south and south east Auckland.
The new capacity (20 beds instead of the current 10) will enable the Hospice to accommodate the expected increase in patient needs from the current 1095 to in excess of 1400 per annum over the next five years. Stages two and three of the project involved construction of nine hospice bedrooms and a family/whanau facility, a Sanctuary, Kitchen, Ambulatory Care facility and Canopy.
The long awaited new Muriwai surf club and community centre is now open. A $5 million facility, TTCF’s contribution of $1.04 million made it the single largest funder. Comprising 1930 square metres, with a hall to seat up to 300 with overflow onto the decks, the facility is now home to a fishing club, playgroup, arts trail, the environmental action trust and a film group.
The Muriwai Volunteer Lifeguard Service has a state-of-the-art operations base and emergency medical station, improved storage for lifesaving equipment, vehicles and rescue boats and a workshop. A club lounge, bunkroom accommodation and kitchen facilities is available for surf club members, visiting school and community groups. There is also a classroom complete with audio visual equipment.